Mars-Jupiter conjunction: See not 1, but 2 planets in the night sky this weekend

We will not only see the five planets visible to the human eye – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – but also Uranus and Neptune.

Mars and Jupiter are going to draw incredibly close in the predawn sky on the nights of May 27-30.

Mars is more than 136 million miles away, with Jupiter’s distance nearly four times that. Yet Jupiter will be the far brighter of the two planets, NASA says.

It might be necessary to use binoculars or a telescope to spot Mars clearly, said Alphonse Sterling, a NASA astronomer.

The best time to see the conjunction is approximately 45 minutes before local sunrise. Sunday, just before 4 a.m. CDT, is when the conjunction will peak.

A conjunction is a celestial event in which two planets, a planet and the Moon, or a planet and a star appear close together in Earth’s night sky.

The two stars that look identical, Castor and Pollux, are part of Gemini, the Twins.